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Adventurers get chance to set sail on explorer's open boat voyage
12:00pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013 in News
ADVENTURERS who launched their Ernest Shackleton re-enactment on Portland will set sail on the explorer’s open boat voyage of survival today.
After 10 days of sea trials in Antarctic waters, the team will leave from Elephant Island and sail their small lifeboat across 800 nautical miles of the treacherous southern ocean to South Georgia.
They will then attempt to climb across its mountainous interior in the fastest time possible, crossing the island before arriving in mid-February at Stromness, the site of the whaling station and Shackleton’s rescue.
The crew, led by Tim Jarvis, pictured, will depart aboard their support vessel Australis and sail for five days to King George Island where they will rendezvous with their life boat, Alexandra Shackleton, which was unveiled at the national sailing academy last March.
Mr Jarvis said: “Our goal is to be the first to authentically re-create Shackleton’s voyage and to draw attention to the impacts of climate change in Antarctica. “It would be my new year’s wish to see greater coordinated action to tackle global warming,”
To follow the journey via live tracking, visit shackletonepic.com